Phone use is more likely to cause trouble in a marriage than infidelity, a Catholic organisation has claimed.
This week Irish marriage advice service Accord published figures which identified the most common causes of relationship problems among the people who seek their help. These reveal that between 2011 and 2015, the number of people who cited phone use and texting as causes of distress rose to 21 per cent.
This rise makes phone use a more commonly cited problem than infidelity which was only featured in 20 per cent of cases in 2015.
Accord President Bishop Denis Nulty said that there had been a noticeable change in the problems cited by couples in recent years as “texting didn’t even feature as an issue of concern back in 2007”.
The group’s findings indicate that “the more communicative devices we have in life, the less communicative we are in our relationships” he continued.
With the ever-growing popularity of social media “the effect of Instagram, Snapchat, or tweeting in the relationships of today will become more evident” he suggested.
However neither phone use nor infidelity was the most commonly identified cause of trouble by Accord clients. More than half of those surveyed – 58 per cent – said they felt like their partner did not listen or simply ignored them. Other common factors included conflict, intimacy issues, and criticism.